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May 16, 2012 0

Saudi TV Launches Program Hosted By Anti-Semite

Salah Sul­tan on Masra Al Habeeb

Al-Risala, a Saudi-owned tele­vi­sion chan­nel with a his­tory of pro­mot­ing Islamist views, began air­ing a new weekly pro­gram last week hosted by anti-Semitic media per­son­al­ity Dr. Salah Sul­tan. The pro­gram, Masra Al Habeeb, was cre­ated to “pro­vide prac­ti­cal steps on how to lib­er­ate Al-Aqsa,” accord­ing to Sultan.

Dur­ing the first episode, which aired on May 9, Sul­tan com­mented about recent vis­its to Jerusalem by Mus­lim schol­ars. “We want to go as lib­er­a­tors and not as vis­i­tors under the shadow of occu­pa­tion.” He fur­ther explained that those who want to sup­port or visit Jerusalem should “announce that he is a sup­porter of fight­ing, Jihad and resis­tance… sup­port the case for holy Jihad to lib­er­ate the pris­on­ers, Al Aqsa and Palestine.”

The pro­gram also fea­tured live call-ins from view­ers, includ­ing sev­eral who used the plat­form to make anti-Semitic remarks. One caller from Egypt said:

“It will be impos­si­ble for the Jews, those sons of apes and pigs, no way… no way… that they can achieve their goal in build­ing their alleged tem­ple. Inshal­lah and God’s will­ing this will never hap­pen. We will raise our young chil­dren, the seven year old ones, the five year old ones, and the four years old to fight the Jews and have war with the Jews.”

Sul­tan responded, “God willing.”

Later in the pro­gram, Sul­tan, head of the Jerusalem com­mit­tee of the Inter­na­tional Union of Mus­lim Schol­ars (IUMS), tried to rein­ter­pret the Islamic texts which refer to the his­tor­i­cal exis­tence of the Jew­ish nation in Jerusalem, argu­ing that this was a short period that didn’t exceed 400 years.

In a pro­mo­tional video for the pro­gram, Sul­tan is shown recit­ing a poem that says he shall return to Jerusalem with his rocket launcher. On the program’s Face­book page, Sul­tan posted a com­ment indi­cat­ing that his­tor­i­cally when the sons of Israel invade a city they burn it and kill its inhab­i­tants, unlike the Egyp­tians who would not attack the city’s people.

Dur­ing a ses­sion of the IUMS con­fer­ence in Cairo on Feb­ru­ary 1, Sul­tan described the recent civil unrest and church bomb­ings in Egypt as the “acts of Jews.” He also said, “God exposed [the Jews’] inner wicked­ness, exposed their secrets and they were made an exam­ple of to future nations.” Prior to Sultan’s speech at Al Azhar Islamic Uni­ver­sity, where the event is tak­ing place, the crowd chanted: “To Jerusalem we are going as mar­tyrs in millions.”

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May 11, 2012 0

Iranian Organizations Publishing Anti-Semitic Islamic School Textbooks

The Alavi Foun­da­tion, a New York-based Iran­ian orga­ni­za­tion that also oper­ates as the Mostazafan Foun­da­tion, and Al Bal­agh, an Iran-based pub­lish­ing house, have been pub­lish­ing English-language reli­gious books for chil­dren that pro­mote anti-Semitism and con­spir­acy the­o­ries, accord­ing to a recent Cana­dian news report.

The books con­tain pas­sages con­trast­ing Islam with “the Jews and the Nazis,” as well as descrip­tions of Jews as a “racist,” “treach­er­ous” and “crafty” people.

The books, A Glance at the life of the Holy Prophet of Islam and Prophet Muham­mad: A Brief Biog­ra­phy, jus­tify engage­ment in vio­lent acts of jihad “when­ever the time comes for it,” and claim that the Jews of Med­ina “con­spired to kill Prophet Muham­mad” after sign­ing covenants with Muham­mad and his early followers.

One of the books even high­lights to the reader that the very name “Jew” has become “syn­ony­mous for treach­ery” and “the slay­ing of prophets.”

The Alavi Foun­da­tion describes itself as a non-governmental orga­ni­za­tion that pro­motes Iran­ian and Islamic cul­ture in the U.S. Prior to the 1979 Islamic Rev­o­lu­tion, the Alavi Foun­da­tion was named the Pahlavi Foun­da­tion, after the Shah of Iran, and pro­vided scholas­tic schol­ar­ships to young Ira­ni­ans wish­ing to study in the U.S. Upon seiz­ing power, Aya­tol­lah Khome­ini renamed the foun­da­tion to the Mostazafan Foun­da­tion (Farsi for “the down­trod­den”), and is now called the Alavi Foun­da­tion. The names of the foun­da­tion are often used inter­change­ably. The orga­ni­za­tion claims that it is not an organ of the Iran­ian regime, but U.S. pros­e­cu­tors seized the foundation’s assets and arrested its pres­i­dent in 2008.

Recently the two books were found to be in use at a Toronto-based Islamic school, the East End Madrassa. Fol­low­ing com­plaints the school removed the pub­li­ca­tions from its web­sites and course curricula.

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May 11, 2012 0

Radical English Defence League Emerges in U.S.

The Eng­lish Defence League (EDL), a UK-based right-wing, anti-Islamic and self-described “Counter Jihad move­ment,” has launched a chap­ter in the United States.

The newly cre­ated United States of Amer­ica Defence League (USADL) claims to be “a human rights orga­ni­za­tion that was founded in the defense of our nation and to stand in uni­son with the EDL and other such orga­ni­za­tions, to halt the spread of Sharia law.”

The orga­ni­za­tion, which offi­cially launched its web­site on May 7, 2012, states that a cen­tral tenet of its mis­sion is pub­lic edu­ca­tion and the need to ensure that the pub­lic is pro­vided with a “more real­is­tic and less san­i­tized view of Islam…” While its mis­sion state­ment warns against assum­ing that all Mus­lims are guilty of com­mit­ting acts of ter­ror­ism, it goes on to say that “the Islamic book of wor­ship calls for all Mus­lims to par­tic­i­pate in Jihad, in one form or another.”

USADL’s National Direc­tor is Bill Turner, who is known for his anti-government and con­spir­a­to­r­ial writ­ings, which have been pub­lished on a num­ber of right-wing web­sites and dis­sem­i­nated through his Twit­ter han­dle, “JihadiHunter.”

Bill Turner

While anti-Muslim bias has been a pri­mary theme in his writ­ings as well, Turner’s role in launch­ing the USADL sug­gests that he is gear­ing up to advance a more con­spir­a­to­r­ial anti-Muslim agenda.

USADL’s web­site indi­cates that mem­ber­ship is open to all who “rec­og­nize the threat that Sharia Law poses to free peo­ple every­where.” Although it is still too early to con­firm the size and via­bil­ity of the new orga­ni­za­tion, it already claims to have approx­i­mately 60 members.

Ear­lier this year, EDL announced plans to form a new polit­i­cal party in the UK.

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